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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Prayer Flag Swap Round SO - 6/10 on: May 12, 2017 10:54:59 AM
Flag made by alwaysinmyroom, received by Abbeeroad.

Prayer Flag Swap ROUND 7

Swap name: Prayer Flag Swap Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fatewineroses
Sign-up date range: 05/12/2017 to 05/21/2017
Date to send item by: 06/10/2017

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: N/A
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


I. Am. SO. Excited! This has got to be a favorite swap for a bunch of us.  It's been over a year since the last Prayer Flag Swap, so it's time for another round! Did I mention I'm excited?  Grin Let's do this!

If you don't know about prayer flags, this article from Cloth Paper Scissors

How to Make Prayer Flags

1. Cut pieces of fabric to 5" x 11". Use materials you already have on hand.
2. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3" sleeve, making the flag surface 5" x 8".
3. Paint, stitch, embroider, appliqué, or collage the flags.
4. Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired. You can appliqué letters, add hand stitching, stencil with textile paint, or just write with a permanent marker.
5. Thread the flags onto a string or cord and hang them outdoors so the breeze will catch them and spread your intentions.


To keep this an easy, low-stress swap, you can choose to send to either one or two partners. In addition, each of us is going to make an additional prayer flag for ourselves. So if you have one partner, you're going to make two flags and keep one, and if you have two partners, you're going to make three flags and keep one.

As usual, to sign up for this swap, complete this questionnaire and PM it to fatewineroses. But first, read this IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

- You must get delivery confirmation if sending within the U.S., or a mailing receipt if sending to or from elsewhere in the world.
- If you must send late, let the organizers and your partner know ASAP.
- Good communication is very important. If you haven't already posted in this thread, please do so as soon as you've signed up, and stay in touch by posting weekly in the swap thread.
- PM both organizer and your partner when you send and when you receive.
- Please post photos of the flags you receive and the flag you made for yourself in the gallery. Remember to take pictures of what you make before you send it, just in case.
- HAVE FUN!

Some inspiration from previous swaps:
Prayer Flag Swap #6
Prayer Flag Swap #5
Prayer Flag Swap #4
Prayer Flag Swap #3
Prayer Flag Swap #2
Prayer Flag Swap #1

The Prayer Flag Project blog.


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Prayer Flag Swap Round 7 (Date to send item by: Saturday, June 10th)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country in correct shipping format:
Are you willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Note that prayer flags can usually be sent in a small padded envelope, so international postage should be reasonable.)
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)
Confirm that you will provide a Delivery Confirmation number if mailing within the US, or keep your postal receipt for non-US packages. (YES/NO)

Do you want ONE partner or TWO partners?

1. Do you have any allergies that are strong enough to prevent you from being partnered with certain people and what are they?
2. Do you have any other things you wish to avoid (such as feathers, glitter or animal products)?
3. Do you have any allergens (pets, smoke) in your house?
4.  Please list 4-6 different inspirational words you would like to see on your flag.
   1.
   2.
   3.
   4.
   5.
   6.
5.  Name some of your favorite images/themes that you would enjoy seeing on your flag:
6.  Are there any images/themes that your partner should avoid?
7.  What are your favorite colors, or color combinations?
8.  Are there any colors your partner should avoid?
9.  Please add a few more details about yourself and your tastes to help your partner get an idea of who you are. The more information you give, the better she/he can craft for you.  Feel free to add a link to your Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or anything else that would give her/him an idea of your tastes and interests.


Participants:
1. fatewineroses
2. cmarion3
3. CraftyMamaBee
4. quaggy
5. flyraeven
6. Abbeeroad
7. curiousfae
8. SuzyScissor
9. Wulf
10. Averia
11. seeuudee

PARTNERS

Getting partners matched up was a little tricky. Everyone wanted two partners; but we had eleven people. This is what I came up with. I wrote each person's name on a piece of paper, then I pulled two people. Once each person had two people sending to them, I pulled their name from the mix. All of this was done blind. (I state that because I really got lucky with my partners (sending and sent).  Grin

I sure hope I sent everything out correctly. I checked the partner list like two or three times to make sure I didn't do something funky.

This person sends to --> this person & this person

cmarion3 --> curiousfae & Wulf
Wulf --> fatewineroses & curiousfae
curiousfae --> Abbeeroad & flyraeven
CraftyMamaBee --> quaggy & seeuudee
Averia --> SuzyScissor & Wulf
Abbeeroad --> Averia & quaggy
Quaggy --> Abbeeroad & Averia
Seeuudee --> flyraeven & CraftyMamaBee
Flyraeven --> seeuudee & SuzyScissor
SuzyScissor --> cmarion3 & fatewineroses
Fatewineroses --> CraftyMamaBee & cmarion3

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prayer Flag Swap on: March 28, 2017 12:59:51 PM
It's been almost a year since our last installment of a Prayer Flag Swap (last round was round six I believe). Any interest in a new round?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stranger Things Hoopla and TM Patch on: February 21, 2017 03:58:11 PM
For the recent Stranger Things Swap I was sending to Abbeeroad. After perusing her questionnaire, I settled on an image that I've seen on several tshirts where you see the ST kids on their bikes in the "real world" in the forest and upside down from that you see Will and the creature with no face in the "Upside Down." To make the different places, I had a light bulb idea to sew black and red fabric together to represent the different locations. It worked brilliantly and I love how it turned out! I painted the hoop a matte black to frame the scene.



When I was looking at this picture I thought...well darn it! I think it is crooked. But I'm not sure.




Lesson: If you are using a wash away stabilizer to put your design on, WASH your fabrics first or use ONLY cold/lukewarm water to rinse it away. The black fabric hadn't been washed and noticeably shrunk (hence the wrinkles) after stitching. *sigh*

This TM patch is of Abbeeroad's (and mine) favorite quote from the series. I had some space fabric from a Doctor Who backpack I made left over. And it just was a lucky coincidence that the sparkly thread was on my ring of threads that I carry with me everywhere. The "stars" were my favorite part of this. Well, besides the quote. I think the space fabric translated well into the creepy vibe needed as well.

 
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stranger Things Swap Gallery on: February 13, 2017 11:56:16 AM

Original Swap Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451331.0

Participant List:




Red = SENT
Green = RECEIVED
Blue = SENT and RECEIVED
Orange = LATE with communication


Coycasket<<->>emilywilde

Theartofarejay<<->>gala_apples

Abbeeroad->Alliekat914->fatewineroses->Abbeeroad

WE HAVE OUR FIRST SENDER!!! WOOT!!




5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Latest purses on: January 12, 2017 01:10:03 PM
To practice making a Swoon Sadie, I was supposed to make one for myself first. I cut one for me and one for my bf's mom. Then, at each step, I did mine first...then the one for his mom. Until I got under the wire with time. Then I just finished hers at 3:30am the day we were supposed to fly out.  Roll Eyes You know how it goes! When I got back, mine was waiting for me. I had been using a Swoon Maisie I had made before; but that I really need to pull apart and fix some major flaws (that only I notice). So I was really excited to finish my Maisie.

This was my first piece that wasn't geek. Because I am a FAN and a GEEK and I love showing it so I can find others in my Tribe. You know? But I fell in love with this fabric and decided to be a girl for once and make myself something pretty. I'm also kinda proud of this because, even though I can see and show you many many flaws in the piece, my boss saw it and said how much he really loved it. When I told him I made it, he was picking it up and looking at it, insisting that he thought I had purchased it in a store.

As an artist, it is good to remember that others do not see your pieces the way that you do.











...and I finished the pockets just after Carrie Fisher passed away. So I decided to keep the Princess with me always.



This Swoon Sadie was made at 85% for my bf's Mom. I agonized over the pattern to use because last time I was there, she used a little tiny purse sometimes...and then a big boho slouch purse. I decided to go with the Sadie because it is structured and has great lines! I already had the fabric (the horse fabric) months before. Purchased for exactly this purpose. 85% makes it a very nice compact purse, with the gusset making it so you can stuff it, if necessary. I *love* this feature.







These pockets were Grumpy Cat. Because she loves cats. And even though she didn't know who "Grumpy Cat" is, she still laughed out loud in delight. Pockets are fun!



This was a simple purse (Swoon Coraline) made with some map fabric by Tim Holtz for my bf's Aunt. Each side shows the part of the world map with Japan on one side, the Pacific and the United States...because she lives in Oregon and her daughter lives in Japan.





I didn't take a picture of it, but the pocket is Minions fabric. You might note that the strap is a little darker. That's because I ran out of the map fabric and had to use something else. Luckily, I had more of the same fabric collection. This one is just a little darker. I couldn't decide if I hated it or not.

Now that those are made and given out, I have to get started on the purses for my family. They got some of my first purses last year and are ready for new ones. This year they had the option to pick their purse pattern and fabrics. I'm tired just thinking about it!  Grin
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Stranger Things Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 2/17) on: January 12, 2017 12:00:18 PM


Swap name: Stranger Things
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: fatewineroses
Sign-up date range: January 12 -  January 20
Date to send item by: February 17


Limited to a certain number of people?: No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:

Have you had a chance to catch the Netflix show 'Stranger Things?' Do you love Eleven? Have to have Eggos for breakfast every morning? Do you love the perfection that is the friendship between the Stranger Things kids? Then this swap is for you!

This swap is all about the show 'Stranger Things.' This will be a THREE point swap. You will be required to craft 1 SMALL item and 1 MEDIUM item. EXTRAS are NOT required and only by mutual agreement between partners.

Communication:

Please be prepared to participate in the conversation. We will have a nice cushy crafting period and I'm interested in keeping track of everyone. This is my first time organizing a swap, so I am hoping ya'll will be gentle with me.  Grin So let's do a weekly check in on the thread. I'll post a question about the show and get your thoughts. Please also keep in contact with your partner. Just to let them know you are alive.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Stranger Things Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Favorite episode or episodes?
Favorite moment/event:
Favorite characters?
Favorite quotes?
Any LEAST favorite characters/episodes/etc?
What would you love to receive?
Anything you would NOT want to receive?
What crafts do you make?
Favorite colors and patterns?
Least favorite colors/patterns?
Pinterest?
Anything else you'd like your partner to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Happy Crafting!

GALLERY!!!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kermit and the Northern Lights on: December 19, 2016 10:21:31 AM
I have had the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern for over a year now; but I only just now got around to making one...I mean two. I decided to make one for my boyfriend's sister (who I am meeting for the first time this Christmas) for Christmas...and now I had the excuse to make one for myself. To practice of course!

Kermit is for me. Looking at this I just realized that the bling on the flap is slightly off. Luckily, it is mine and I don't care. My picture does not show the Miss Piggy dangle I got for one of the zippers. I couldn't *possibly* have a Kermit wallet without having Miss Piggy *somewhere*!

This is a SOLID wallet. I used 809 on the body and the card slots. I used 101 on the pockets. I have to make two more after Christmas and might use 809 on the pockets too next time. I like how crisp and solid it makes it feel.

Kermit was made with quilting cotton and denim.





The Northern Lights is for the boyfriend's sister. Since I haven't met her I thought she might be more open to a wallet than a purse. I'm making a purse for his Mom; but I've met her and have seen the type of purse she carries.

This wallet is made with quilting cotton and waxed canvas. It will come with a wrist strap and a shoulder strap.



Man this needs an iron before I give this to her!


8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Ornaments - Ravenclaw riff, Weasley car and the Burrow Snowglobe on: December 19, 2016 10:12:30 AM
It's always interesting, brainstorming for a swap. That process you go through to figure out the PERFECT thing you want to make. It's in my top three favorite parts of swapping. For the recent HP Ornament swap, I was lucky enough to swap with both Abbeeroad and edelC. People who I have often gushed over their work and always looked forward to their contributions in swaps.

I had received their questionnaires and had been perusing their Pinterests. I have a notebook where I transcribe a lot of the information that might help me narrow down my ideas. I sketch things and circle and underline stuff. Any sketches I make or pictures I trace from elsewhere usually end up stuck in here. It's a visual reminder of all of my swaps and ongoing projects that I undertake.

I was scrolling through Abbeeroad's Pinterest for the thousandth time when the light bulb went off to somehow make a Burrow in a snowglobe. I don't know what came over me. I am NOT a clay person. And she wanted an ornament. Not a knick knack. *sigh* But it wouldn't leave my brain. So I had to make a snowglobe.

The first iteration went horribly wrong. Something on the house (I suspect the sealer) reacted with the water and I not only had cloudy water; but it started *growing* something.  This was the original piece I made. After pulling it out of the jar I scrubbed it clean. I will probably clean it up some more later, paint it and make an ornament out of it for next year.



The final piece was made completely of clay (no paint). No matter what sort of glitter I used it clumped some. I used some glycerin to help the glitter stay suspended. I still don't know if I used too much or too little. I have more jars so maybe I will try out making some more later.

Side view


Rear view


Other side view


Action shot front view!


I had a little harder time with figuring out what to do for edelC. I had a couple ideas; but nothing concrete. Until one afternoon when I was taking a walk and saw this guy.



He was showing off. Taking off from his perch, stretching his wings wide and doing circles in the sky before he landed on his perch again. It brought to mind the heart with wings that Edel mentioned in her questionnaire and I saw multiple times on her Pinterest. And this popped into my head. I grabbed a handful of images of a raven with their wings outspread, and used three to make this image. I stitched it in Ravenclaw blue to black wool felt, felted a heart and stitched an image of Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem to some felt and attached it to the heart. I am not Ravenclaw; but I really like how it turned out.







Before I came up with the two above ideas, I had the below idea after an afternoon of scrolling through Pinterest. I don't often repeat something; but I felt that this one was an exception to that rule.  I might make one for myself as well. After Christmas of course.

I'm showing an image of one of the ornaments I sent; but they are slightly different due to being cut by hand from a basic recipe, stead of a pattern. The original image was a cartoon image of the Weasley's car that I used to base the ornament on. The tree, moon and background were cut out organically. Acrylic paint was used for the dirt around the tires.



9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Calendar on: November 29, 2016 03:30:19 PM
When my nephew was a toddler, my Mom and I collaborated to make this advent calendar. Sadly, due to conflicts with the then SIL, it was never, ever used. My Mom finally gave it to me last year, thinking that maybe my bf's kids would use it. Unfortunately, they are just not at our house enough and we don't have a full sized tree due to lack of space.

Then, about three weeks ago one of my friends from high school who had a late (LATE) baby (we are in our forties!) mentioned something on FB to her husband about getting an advent calendar for her daughter. I *immediately* offered her this and she said YES! So I washed the back, counted and checked all of the ornaments. There were six that needed to be replaced.

One of the new ones was the Golden Gate Bridge. We are from the San Francisco Bay Area and I wanted one to remind them of home (They are in Colorado now.) I love how it turned out!

Please excuse my EXTREMELY wonky embroidery. This really was one of my very first embroidery projects and my stitches leave something to be desired. I also cannot seem to sew an actual circle.  Roll Eyes

I mailed it off to her last Monday and she received it the day after Thanksgiving. That's the day they get their tree and decorate. She loved it and had a great appreciation for sharing something like this with her family. I was just extremely happy to see it used and enjoyed.

Since I originally made it for the 25 days of December, my friend will be making little ornaments to go on the felt tree. That way she can tell her daughter that we collaborated to make this special thing for her. Which makes me very happy.







10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Another reversible mixer cover on: November 29, 2016 03:19:40 PM
I got my bf a mixer a couple years ago and it was getting dusty. So when I was making a mixer cover for my Mom, I made one for him. Two of his loves are candy and the Simpsons.  Roll Eyes Sadly, after cutting it out, it sat for over a year before I got back to sew it. But finally it is done! I think it is better that I took so long because I have learned A LOT about sewing and making things in the last year or so because of the bags I have been making. I think it turned out much better for that knowledge.



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